Governor Awards Grants for Municipal Clean Energy Projects

DY Schools, Oak Bluffs (CVEC), Nantucket each get $12,500
Governor Charlie Baker

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded 41 grants totaling $505,454 to cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants, awarded to designated Green Communities or municipalities in the Green Communities designation process, are used by Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts to aid in the management of projects or the performance of studies to support the development of energy projects.

“Our administration is proud to provide our municipal and regional partners with the tools they need to achieve our shared clean energy goals of reducing energy, emissions and costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants deliver technical expertise on the local level that is essential to paving the way for innovative clean energy projects.”

“We are committed to partnering with our cities, towns, and regional planning authorities to assist them with meeting their energy reduction goals,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The dedication and leadership of our communities to make clean energy a priority has helped position Massachusetts as a national leader in renewable energy.”

Open to all 351 cities and towns, as well as municipal light plants, META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to assist with a diverse array of local energy projects.  Applicants in the grant round that opened in July were eligible to apply for grants of up to $12,500.

“This funding is exemplary of the successful partnership between municipalities and state government to achieve our shared clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Working closely together on addressing our energy challenges brings us one step closer to creating a clean, affordable and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth.”

“The Department of Energy Resource’s Green Communities program is an innovative partnership that connects state and local resources to increase the adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judson. “META grants consistently provide the catalyst for local energy projects to move from concept to reality.”

The following municipalities and agencies received awards:

Grantee

Amount

Lowell

$12,500

Montague

$12,500

Templeton

$12,500

Ashby

$3,300

Bernardston

$12,500

Ipswich

$12,500

Becket

$12,500

Monson

$12,500

Beverly

$12,500

Sheffield

$12,500

Granby

$12,500

Concord

$12,500

Sandisfield

$12,500

Oak Bluffs (CVEC)

$12,500

Dennis-Yarmouth RSD

$12,500

Fairhaven

$12,500

Braintree Electric Light Dept.

$12,500

Somerville

$12,500

Natick

$12,500

Medford

$12,500

Southborough

$12,500

Turners Falls

$12,500

Brookline

$12,500

Whitman

$12,500

Windsor

$12,500

Framingham

$12,500

Cummington

$12,500

Brookfield

$12,500

Newton

$5,000

Wilbraham

$12,500

Maynard

$12,500

Lincoln

$12,500

Lawrence

$12,500

Nantucket

$12,500

Hamilton

$12,500

Lexington

$9,654

Gill-Montague RSD

$12,500

Winthrop

$12,500

Dartmouth

$12,500

Salem

$12,500

Deerfield

$12,500


“Protecting our environment starts in our communities and with programs like this, cities and towns across the state can assess and implement energy projects that can both cut energy use and reduce municipal operating costs,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “The House will continue to support statewide community-based clean energy and energy efficiency projects – helping to maintain Massachusetts’ nation-leading role in energy efficiency for eight years running.”

"There is no greater example of 'acting locally' than supporting our cities and towns in their pursuit of clean energy projects,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).  Clean energy continues to hold great promise, both for our economy and for our environmental health, and it is exciting to support the mechanism which allows our municipalities, who know their local and regional needs the best, to access the expertise being developed in this area."

"Local projects are critical to our state's leadership in developing a system of cost- effective and sustainable renewable energy resources,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R – Gloucester). “The technical assistance supported by these grants will give a great boost to the local initiatives that will carry us forward."

“Clean energy projects are often complicated undertakings, which is why this grant from DOER, which will provide Lowell with technical expertise, will be tremendously helpful in bringing a project from concept to reality,” said State Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr. (D-Lowell), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.  “I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration and DOER Commissioner Judson for their commitment to the Green Communities program and for helping the city of Lowell to take another step forward into its clean energy future.”

“Our municipalities are tremendous partners in Massachusetts’ position as a leader in clean energy,” said Representative Brad Hill (R – Ipswich). “I commend the Baker-Polito Administration for supporting local government with the resources needed to reduce energy consumption and save costs.”  

Projects and studies receiving funding will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities and technical assistance with efficient building planning, maintenance, and operation. Part of DOER’s Green Communities Division, the grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.


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